Monday, November 5, 2012

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies - Gluten Free

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This is my spin on the traditional "peanut butter blossoms" recipe. 
I love these cookies, I mean I "love" these cookies.  What's not to love?  "Hello McCfly"?  We have peanut butter, and chocolate.  Isn't that it's own food group? No, seriously??
As much as I adore these cookies, I needed to enhance them by making them gluten free!!  I have quite a few friends that have been diagnosed with "celiac disease", and even though they absolutely adore coming over and indulging, they couldn't have dessert...

How can I justify to my "very GREEK MOTHER", that my get together went well?

Me:  "Yes mama, my friends had an amazing time, and yes, I served  olives and a few cheeses. 
Mama:  "Did you make grape leaves"?
Me:  "No mama I did not make grape leaves this time, but next time".  [I proceed to tell my mom what I served for appetizers and dinner]
Mama:  "What did you make for dessert".
Me:  "Mama they did not have dessert".
Mama:  *gasp* "They did not have dessert"?

*insert Greek mother guilt trip*. 

Mama:  "What"??  "Why you no serve your guests dessert?  What I teach you"?

*more guilt trip* 

Me: "Mama, you don't understand they have this chronic disease, they can't have..."
Mama: "What have I done wrong God, why don't my children understand me, why do they embarrass me so"??
Me: Mama, can you just hear me out, mama please"...
Mama: *wailing* "Where have I gone wrong... I don't understand you anymore, are you my child"?

Yes, my friends, we will have NONE OF THAT!  We have rectified this, not to worry, mama!!!

The greatest pleasure in my life (sans guilt trip from my mother) is to have family and friends over and FEED THEM!!  I cannot, have them leaving without dessert.  I mean dessert... The  essence of "friend's get together"!!

So I went back to the drawing board!! Yes, yes, I did!!
I improvised on a basic gluten free peanut butter cookie recipe.  I added my twist of chocolate, and then "just because I could"... I added more chocolate! Yes, you heard me correctly, I ADDED more chocolate!
 

Based on the reviews from my family and close friends;  "HOLY PEANUT BUTTER DECADENCE BATMAN"!!!
I have succeeded!!  Three amazing flavors;  Peanut butter, semisweet chocolate and White chocolate!! That spells "YUM" in our books!!
 
I cannot even begin to explain how amazingly delicious these flavors are!!  
Chunky peanut butter along with the two different chocolates?  Well, my friends (and mama), it totally brings it up 3 or 4 levels!!!
Peanut butter (hello), with bits of peanuts, then the decadent semi-sweet chocolate chips buried underneath the most SCRUMPTIOUS white chocolate frosting..."ummmm a total yes"!!

We've created a succulent peanut butter and double chocolate cookie HEAVEN!!!!
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Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Ingredients:

Cookies:

2 c Chunky peanut butter
2 c Granulated sugar
2 lg Eggs
2 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla

White Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting:

12 Oz (1 pkg) white chocolate chips
2 stk Butter - 1 cup  (unsalted) softened at room temperature
1 c Confectioners' sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Additional Ingredients:
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350F.

-Prepare your white chocolate buttercream by adding your chocolate chips into a glass bowl. Microwave on high at 10-15 second intervals, stirring thoroughly in between, till the chocolate has melted and is smooth, set aside.
In a bowl, add your softened butter, your confectioner's sugar, and your vanilla. Using your stand up mixer, or hand mixer, mix thoroughly. Add your melted white chocolate chips, and continue mixing till mixture is light and fluffy about 2-3 minutes.  Place in pastry bag or ziplock bag, insert star tip and set aside.


Let's make our cookies!!  They are so simple, yet utterly delicious!!!

-In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, mix all ingredients for peanut butter cookies till thoroughly incorporated and soft dough forms.
Roll into 1" balls, and place onto non-stick sprayed cookie sheet/silicon mat.

Using your fork tines, make criss cross patterns if desired, on top of cookies, pressing them a little, or just slightly flatten them using the palm of your hand.
Bake for 10-11 minutes.

-Once out of the oven, immediately place 3 chocolate chips on top of cookies towards the center.  Let the cookies cool for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
Continue with the rest of the cookies till all dough has been used.



 -When cookies are all baked and now cool (about 15 minutes or so later), pipe you white chocolate frosting over the cookie ensuring you cover the semi-sweet chocolate chips underneath.  Allow the decadent white chocolate frosting to harden 3-4 hours.  If overnight, even better!!



Place on a pretty platter and ... watch them smile.   

Go ahead, take one, they're delicious!!!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

15 comments :

  1. ROFL.. I love your conversation with your very Greek mama.. While I dont know her, I do know you & I can sooo hear this conversation loud & clear.. Thank God you came up with a great gluten free dessert.. Im mighty happy for that.
    I cant wait to try these & will soon!!!
    Hugs to you & your mama! :)

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    1. Kimmie, LOL!! You know I'm not making it up, the conversation, LITERALLY did happen. Mama was wailing to beat the band like I killed her or something
      "For the love of Pete"!!
      I brought her some cookies prior to my last get together last weekend... she smiled and said I was a "good girl". "Ok", I'll take it, beats wailing anyday!! :-)

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  2. Is there a reason we are restricted to 3 chocolate chips per cookie? (evil grin) I would like to make it 5 if thats acceptable?

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    1. And by the way, these look amazing. I will be making them for our next church function. A girl in the youth has Celiac Disease and we are always looking for new gluten free recipes.

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    2. Darlene, add as many as you like!! *grin* I added 3 as above simply as the first try on them. They were chocolatey enough... but the #5 sounds really good to me right now!!

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  3. Didi.....so very funny! Like Darlene I noticed the 3 chips. Thought you were making a face, but you covered it up. It is a little scary reading your blog because I think the calories jump off the page and go right to my thighs and butt!

    Cheers to you this weekend!

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    1. LOL, I try to lighten them up, I really do!!
      As for mama, she really, truly does nag me like that!!

      Thank you my friend!!

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  4. Didi your mom is the classic Greek mom! I would have the same whinning from my mom too if I didn't give my friends dessert. Are they constructed at the same factory? I wonder lol! Anyway, not only did you manage to fulfil your obligation to your mom but you did it in a perfect way too. I am sure your friends enjoyed these little treats very much. I would too!

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    1. LOL Katerina, I think there is a "Greek mother factory" out there, I really do!!
      Same mold of pure guilt trip!!! But always done in a loving way, ughhhhhhh ;-)

      They are so good, thank you my friend!

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  5. may make these for someone I know, but he wouldn't 't want all those calories, so I probably wouldn't put the frosting on them

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    1. There even easier to make without the white chocolate frosting but stil utterly delicious! Seriously the best peanut butter cookie recipe we've ever had!!
      Let me know if you make them!!

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  6. Thanks Didi!! So much!! Will give these a try soon.
    I went to a "girls retreat" this week-end & would have loved to have taken these. But did ok anyway. Took pumpkin muffins, chocolate muffins & a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie (guess you can tell where my food tastes have been recently! lol!). All g-free & all passed the "wow" test & "can I have the recipe?" & then letting them know they are g-free. My favorite thing to do these days.

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    1. oops, that's from me...........Patti.

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    2. That's the best Patti!!! My new convert "foodie"!!! Can't wait for you to share with us your pumkin chocolate chip cookies...

      Didi waiting impatiently....

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    3. yep, Didi ~ your encouragement started this "foodie" thing. I always liked to bake, but never felt it held up to anyone else's baking. Found a new passion when had to go g-free! Thank you! Will get you recipe after I dig myself out of the "behind now on work hole." Still find time to check my fave blogs..........lol!!

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